Full Caption: Marian MacDowell at the piano with Nina Maud Richardson. Photograph by C. Walbridge, 1940. Edward and Marian MacDowell Collection. Music Division. Full Caption: Marian MacDowell at the piano with Nina Maud Richardson. Photograph by C. Walbridge, 1940. Edward and Marian MacDowell Collection. Music Division.

Marian met Nina Maud Richardson in the late 1920s when she went to California to recover from a long illness. She eventually spent her winters in Los Angeles at the home of Nina Maud, who became her close companion and assistant. This formal portrait of the two women was made in 1940, when Marian was in her eighties. It was often said that when she sat down at the piano, her years melted away.

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